Government to build 435 classrooms in Makueni – Kenya News Agency
The government will spend more than 340 million shillings to build 435 classrooms in some schools in Makueni County to improve the smooth transition of learners from the skills-based program (CBC) to lower secondary school in 2023.
County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed said the government will build one to five classrooms in 324 of the 390 schools, spread across the region’s nine sub-counties by April 2022.
Kibwezi sub-county will benefit from 78 classrooms which will be built in 58 schools, Makueni 62 classrooms in 43 schools, Nzaui 55 classrooms in 43 schools, Mukaa 47 classrooms in 34 schools, Mbooni West 46 classrooms in 32 schools, Mbooni East 40 classrooms in 33 schools, Kilungu 34 classrooms in 22 schools, Kathonzweni 40 classrooms in 32 schools, while 33 classrooms will be built in 27 schools in Makindu.
“This will translate to 83% of schools benefiting from CBC’s infrastructure development program,” Mohammed said during a briefing for county and sub-county teams on the construction of the new classrooms at the Boys’ High School in Makueni.
The County Commissioner reiterated that this initiative was in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commitment to the CBC in ensuring that children sharpen their talents and maximize their opportunities and achieve a 100% transition from primary to secondary.
Therefore, he challenged young people, women and people with disabilities who are entrepreneurs to register and apply for prequalification in their respective sub-counties during the following week.
“We really want to support our young people, women and people with disabilities by putting work first, don’t let them keep complaining, but make sure they are duly registered by the government and apply in their respective sub-counties in order to benefit the government. stimulus program to protect Kenyans from the effects of Covid-19, ”Mohammed added.
The county commissioner added that the chiefs and their assistants will oversee the construction of classrooms in their areas of jurisdiction to ensure proper coordination, noting that a class will cost an average of Sh 788,220.
He also pointed out that entrepreneurs will be paid electronically through mobile money transfer to minimize fraud and corruption.
However, the government will only pay for completed projects, without prepayment. Entrepreneurs are therefore urged to seek financial facilitation or seek local purchase order (LPO) financing, Mohammed added.
County Director of Education James Gachungi, County Director of Teacher Services Commission Alex Cheruiyot, Deputy Sub-County Commissioners and County / Sub-County Development Implementation Committee members were also present during the information meeting.
By Ronald Rono